Leafs Talk

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Canada vs. Russia Postgame: Collapse

Three games were played tonight, one in each period. In the first, we saw the Canadian team we had seen throughout the tournament: a powerhouse, offensively capable and much too busy threatening to allow opportunities against. In the second we saw relatively boring hockey, punctuated by the occasional flurry. Finally, in the third period, we…

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Go Canada Go!

This is Jordan Eberle scoring one of the most famous goals in the game’s history. The timing (perfect) and the degree of difficulty (impossible) add to the appeal of this photo. Tonight in Buffalo, a new chapter will be written.

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Leafs vs Bruins – I’m Watching the WJC

Let’s be honest here. The Bruins are in town. Phil Kessel will be invisible. Boring hockey will be played. Colton Orr will fight either Milan Lucic or Nathan Horton. No more than 4 goals total will be scored. I hate watching game when the Leafs play the Bruins.

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FATE HAS A HAND IN EVERYTHING

Fate is one of the biggest factors in our lives. That said, I’m not a big fan of “what ifs.” Whatever happens, happens. Frankly, we can only take one path. Life just leads us to believe there is more than one trail available. So cruel. And that’s what got me thinking about Darryl Boyce and…

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James Reimer Impressive in Debut

James Reimer made his first NHL start last night, his previous experience being 14 minutes of relief work against Atlanta where he only saw four shots. Reimer’s start came in Ottawa which is probably a great idea for new Leafs goalies: it’ll be a pro-Leafs crowd without the microscopic scrutiny of playing in Toronto. Reimer played a…

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FOUR THINGS THAT MUST CHANGE IN LEAFLAND

It’s the Maple Leafs’ new team mission statement! Seriously, any time something isn’t working, it has to be changed. I think anyone between Fort Frances and Peterborough would agree that the Toronto Maple Leafs are not working (double entendre intended). So changes will be made. They have to be. On any hockey team, in any…

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KADRI’S PATH IS HIS, AND HIS ALONE

As a highly touted forward, when you play seventeen consecutive NHL games without scoring a single goal, something’s gotta give. In a related story, Nazem Kadri has been returned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL. His time with the big club has been, to completely understate it, disappointing. But this hiccup in his career…

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Post-Lockout “Average” Goaltending

Looking at save percentages I wanted to get a feeling for what an average goaltender can do post lockout. A lot of people think anything above .900 is fine for a goaltender but Craig Anderson’s .900 puts him in 37th place among goaltenders that NHL.com lists. Their list is for goaltenders who have made or on pace…

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